Germany works out of home office. When everything started in March 2020, everyone was acting in survival mode. Now the long-term nature of the remote working concept is in demand. Many companies are preparing for longer home offices. Because one factor that has changed since the first lockdown is the ability to plan.
What does the employee need to feel good in the home office? What changes for management positions and employers? Companies have to think about the different situations of their employees - compatibility of work and everyday life, childcare and much more. FOCUS Online discussed what an optimal remote office looks like, what you can do yourself and where technology can help you, with the experts Hanno Poggemöller, coach and management consultant, Andreas Hentschel, technology journalist, and for years a member of the editor-in-chief of CHIP and Stefan Grewe, Sales Director for DACH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) at headset manufacturer EPOS.
More individuality through places of work based on trust
The New Work idea is actually nothing new. Even before the outbreak of the pandemic, some people wanted more flexibility in terms of work location and working hours - away from the "Nine to Five" job and towards a better work-life balance.
But isn't there a danger of working more in the home office? Self-discipline is required to avoid this. "Routines help to separate leisure from work. Working in the home office changes the daily rhythm. You start earlier and then have more time for the family in the evening. New working models for different biorhythms of the employees are required to implement the New Work model in the long term," says Hanno Poggemöller, coach and management consultant on the subject of New Work.
Mowing the lawn during calls?
With the right equipment, this is possible: "We make sure that the conversation partner has the best sound image. And I myself don't want to be distracted by the ambient noise either. But how can this be guaranteed?